The 2023-24 NFL season is about to begin which means fantasy football is back! Most fantasy football team managers don’t make major lineup moves in the first week of the season. Typically managers will start the players they drafted in the earlier rounds. However, since every week is important it would be irresponsible to start a player with a rough matchup over a player with a more favorable one because he was drafted to be a starter. Here are fantasy football week 1 wide receiver rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to the Injured Reserve List
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may not be likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 territory.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and cause a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR1|
|Must Start||Ja’Marr Chase||vs Cleveland Browns||WR2|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR3|
|Starting WR1||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR4|
|Starting WR1||CeeDee Lamb||vs New York Giants||WR5|
|Starting WR1||Davante Adams||vs Denver Broncos||WR6|
|Starting WR1||D.K. Metcalf||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Stefon Diggs||vs New York Jets||WR8|
|High WR2||Chris Olave||vs Tennessee Titans||WR9|
|High WR2||A.J. Brown||vs New England Patriots||WR10|
|High WR2||Garrett Wilson||vs Buffalo Bills||WR11|
|High WR2||Jaylen Waddle*||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR12|
|High WR2||DeVonta Smith||vs New England Patriots||WR13|
|High WR2||Keenan Allen||vs Miami Dolphins||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Tee Higgins||vs Cleveland Browns||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Deebo Samuel||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Chris Godwin||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Calvin Ridley||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR18|
|Starting WR2||Amari Cooper||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR19|
|Low WR2||Tyler Lockett||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR20|
|Low WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR21|
|Low WR2||Terry McLaurin*||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR22|
|Low WR2||D.J. Moore||vs Green Bay Packers||WR23|
|Low WR2||DeAndre Hopkins||vs New Orleans Saints||WR24|
|Low WR2||Christian Watson*||vs Chicago Bears||WR25|
|Low WR2||Mike Evans*||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR26|
|Flex||Drake London||vs Carolina Panthers||WR27|
|Flex||Courtland Sutton||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR28|
|Flex||Mike Williams||vs Miami Dolphins||WR29|
|Flex||Odell Beckham Jr.||vs Houston Texans||WR30|
|Flex||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown*||vs Washington Commanders||WR31|
|Flex||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR32|
|Flex||Jahan Dotson||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR33|
|Flex||Christian Kirk||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR34|
|Flex||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR35|
|Flex||Michael Thomas||vs Tennessee Titans||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||Brandin Cooks||vs New York Giants||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Jordan Addison||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Gabe Davis||vs New York Jets||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Adam Thielen||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Van Jefferson||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Jakobi Meyers||vs Denver Broncos||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Jaxon Smith-Njigba||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||George Pickens||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||Nico Collins||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR46|
|Deep League Flex||Skyy Moore||vs Detroit Lions||WR47|
|Deep League Flex||Zay Flowers||vs Houston Texans||WR48|
|Upside Play||Elijah Moore||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR49|
|Upside Play||Kadarius Toney*||vs Detriot Lions||WR50|
|Upside Play||DJ Chark*||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR51|
|Upside Play||Treylon Burks||vs New Orleans Saints||WR52|
|Upside Play||Hunter Renfrow||vs Denver Broncos||WR53|
|Upside Play||Curtis Samuel||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR54|
|Upside Play||Allen Lazard*||vs Buffalo Bills||WR55|
|Upside Play||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Detroit Lions||WR56|
|Upside Play||Rondale Moore||vs Washington Commanders||WR57|
|Upside Play||Michael Gallup||vs New York Giants||WR58|
|Upside Play||DeVante Parker*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR59|
|Upside Play||Tyler Boyd||vs Cleveland Browns||WR60|
|Upside Play||Marvin Mims Jr.||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR61|
|Upside Play||Darnell Mooney||vs Green Bay Packers||WR62|
|Upside Play||Jonathan Mingo||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR63|
|Upside Play||Romeo Doubs*||vs Chicago Bears||WR64|
|Upside Play||Zay Jones||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR65|
|Upside Play||Parris Campbell||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR66|
|Upside Play||Jayden Reed||vs Chicago Bears||WR67|
|Upside Play||Rashod Bateman||vs Houston Texans||WR68|
|Upside Play||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR69|
|Upside Play||Alec Pierce||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR70|
|Upside Play||Tutu Atwell||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR71|
|Upside Play||K.J. Osborn||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR72|
|Upside Play||Isaiah Hodgins||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Quentin Johnston||vs Miami Dolphins||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Chase Claypool*||vs Green Bay Packers||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Robert Woods||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Mecole Hardman*||vs Buffalo Bills||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Donovan Peoples-Jones||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Wan’Dale Robinson*||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Josh Reynolds||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||Mack Hollins||vs Carolina Panthers||WR81|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR82|
|Leave on the Bench||Puka Nacua||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR83|
|Leave on the Bench||Kendrick Bourne||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR84|
|Leave on the Bench||Rasheed Shaheed||vs Tennessee Titans||WR85|
|Leave on the Bench||Allen Robinson||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR86|
|Leave on the Bench||Rashee Rice||vs Detroit Lions||WR87|
|Leave on the Bench||Tank Dell||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR88|
|Leave on the Bench||Michael Wilson||vs Washington Commanders||WR89|
|Leave on the Bench||Randall Cobb||vs Buffalo Bills||WR90|
|Leave on the Bench||Braxton Berrios||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR91|
|Leave on the Bench||Kalif Raymond||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR92|
|Leave on the Bench||Nick Westbrook-Ikhine||vs New Orleans Saints||WR93|
|Leave on the Bench||Josh Downs||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR94|
|Leave on the Bench||Sterling Shepard||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR95|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Palmer||vs Miami Dolphins||WR96|
|Leave on the Bench||Trey Palmer||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR97|
|Leave on the Bench||Cedric Tillman||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR98|
|Leave on the Bench||John Metchie III||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR99|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalin Hyatt||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR100|
|Leave on the Bench||Demario Davis||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR101|
|Leave on the Bench||Greg Dortch||vs Washington Commanders||WR102|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR12 Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
Jaylen Waddle has been dealing with an abdominal injury. He is expected to play this week. However, if Waddle were to miss Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers Braxton Berrios would become WR73 between Quentin Johnston and Chase Claypool. Cedrick Wilson becomes WR91 between Randall Cobb and Kalif Raymond.
WR22 Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
Terry McLaurin has been dealing with a toe injury that puts his season debut in jeopardy. If he was to miss Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals Jahan Dotson moves up to WR25 between Christian Watson and Mike Evans. Curtis Samuel moves up to WR38 between Brandin Cooks and Jordan Addison.
Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers: WR25 Christian Watson & WR64 Romeo Doubs
Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs are both dealing with hamstring injuries. At this point of the week, both are uncertain to play in Green Bay’s opening game. If Christian Watson misses Week 1 against the Chicago Bears and Romeo Doubs plays then Doubs becomes the WR41 between Van Jefferson and Jakobi Meyers. Jayden Reed moves up to WR54 between Hunter Renfrow and Curtis Samuel. Dontayvion Wicks becomes WR97 between Trey Palmer and Cedric Tillman.
If Doubs misses Week 1 against the Chicago Bears and Christian Watson plays Jayden Reed moves up to WR62 between Marvin Mims Jr. and Darnell Mooney. Dontayvion Wicks would become WR97 between Trey Palmer and Cedric Tillman.
If both Watson and Doubs miss Week 1 against the Chicago Bears then Jayden Reed becomes WR33 between Jahan Dotson and Christian Kirk. Dontayvion Wicks becomes WR77 between Mecole Hardman and Donovan Peoples-Jones.
WR26 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is expected to play in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season opener despite dealing with a hamstring injury. If he does miss Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings Chris Godwin moves up to WR14 between DeVonta Smith and Keenan Allen. Trey Palmer moves up to WR76 between Robert Woods and Mecole Hardman. Deven Thompkins or Rakim Jarrett would be Tampa’s third receiver in three-receiver sets.
WR31 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. If he was to miss Arizona’s Week 1 game against the Washington Commanders Rondale Moore moves up to WR51 between DJ Chark and Treylon Burks. Michael Wilson moves up to WR83 between Puka Nacua and Kendrick Bourne. Greg Dortch moves up to WR97 between Joshua Palmer and Trey Palmer.
WR50 Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs
Kadarius Toney missed time during the preseason due to a knee injury. Reports have stated that Toney is expected in the first game of the 2023-24 season. If Toney suffers a setback and does not play against the Detroit Lions Skyy Moore moves up to WR39 between Jordan Addison and Gabe Davis. Marquez Valdes-Scantling moves up to WR51 between DJ Chark and Treylon Burks. Rashee Rice moves up to WR83 between Darius Slayton and Puka Nacua.
Carolina Panthers Wide Receivers: WR40 Adam Thielen & WR51 DJ Chark, Carolina Panthers
Adam Thielen was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. DJ Chark has been dealing with a hamstring injury for a few weeks. It is not certain if they will be available for the Carolina Panthers’ first game of the season. If Thielen misses Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons and Chark plays then Chark will move up to WR38 between Brandin Cooks and Jordan Addison. Jonathan Mingo moves up to WR51 between Kadarius Toney and Treylon Burks.
If Thielen is active and Chark was to miss Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons Adam Thielen moves up to WR38 between Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks. Jonathan Mingo moves up to WR51 between Kadarius Toney and Treylon Burks.
If both are inactive this week Jonathan Mingo moves up to WR37 between Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks. Terrace Marshall Jr. becomes the WR71 between Alec Pierce and Tutu Atwell.
New York Jets Wide Receivers: WR55 Allen Lazard & WR77 Mecole Hardman
Both new additions to the New York Jets receiving core Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman are dealing with injuries. Allen Lazard is dealing with a shoulder injury. Mecole Hardman is dealing with a finger injury. If Lazard misses this week’s game and Hardman plays then Hardman becomes the WR67 between Parris Campbell and Jayden Reed. Randall Cobb moves up to WR82 between Darius Slayton and Puka Nacua.
If Hardman misses this week’s game and Lazard plays them Randall Cobb moves up to WR81 between Darius Slayton and Nacua.
If both Lazard and Hardman miss this week’s game then Randall Cobb moves up to WR73 between Quentin Johnston and Chase Claypool.
WR59 DeVante Parker, New England Patriots
DeVante Parker missed some practice time last week with an undisclosed injury. He returned to practice on Monday which is a good sign that he should play this weekend. If DeVante Parker misses Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles Kendrick Bourne moves up to WR73 between Isaiah Hodgins and Quentin Johnston. Demario Davis moves up to WR95 between Josh Downs and Sterling Shepard.
WR74 Chase Claypool, Chicago Bears
Chase Claypool has been dealing with a hamstring injury. He is expected to be able to play in the Bears’ season opener. If Claypool misses Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers Velus Jones Jr. or Equanimeous St. Brown would be Chicago’s third receiver.
WR78 Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants
Wan’Dale Robinson is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season. There is a chance that Robinson is active for the Giants’ first game of the season. If Robinson misses Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys the other Giants receivers should have larger roles in the offense.
Players that are currently not expected to play
Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy suffered a hamstring injury that is expected to hold him out for the first few weeks of the season. However, he hasn’t been ruled out for Denver’s season opener. If Jeudy could suit up for Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders he would slot in at WR30 between Mike Williams and Odell Beckham Jr. Courtland Sutton would move down to WR38 between Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks.